General Tso Meatballs

I was looking for low-carb recipes for using up ground beef and came across one for low carb general tso meatballs. It seemed rather bland and thought they need quite a bit of , and went in search of a sauce recipe I could alter into low carb. 

I found one and I have to say, that these meatballs are now on the top of my list for meatballs. I love Swedish meatballs, but they really need a plate of egg noodles to go on – which we can’t have on low carb. Spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs – again awesome, but you can’t have on low carb. But these are saucy without needing to put them on anything, packed with flavour, and all you need with them is a fork.

I plan not only making these again, but making the sauce for chicken, chicken wings, possibly ribs, and most likely just use a spoon.

General Tso Meatballs

General Tso Meatballs


  • Oil for cooking


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives
  • 1 egg


  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Splenda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 Thai chilies minced fine
  • 3 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces


  • Combine the meatball ingredients in a bowl, using a small cookie scoop, form balls.
  • Put on a plate and set in the fridge for an hour.

For the sauce

  • In a small frying pan, add a bit of oil (I like avocado) and saute the ginger, chilies, and garlic until fragrant.
  • Add to a small sauce pot with the other sauce ingredients.
  • Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently.
  • Continue to give an occasional vigorous whisk, heating until thickened.
  • In the meantime, heat a couple tablespoons of avocado oil to a frying pan, adding the meatballs.
  • When cooked halfway through, gently turn over and continue cooking.
  • When they are almost cooked, gently toss in the pan.
  • Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and place in a bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the meatballs, tossing gently.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and serve.


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